South Korea to resume visa-free entry for Hong Kong SAR passport holders


June 22, 2022

HONG KONG- Passport holders from the Special Administrative Region will once again be allowed to enter South Korea without a visa from July 1, the Republic of Korea’s Consulate General in Hong Kong announced on Monday.

The consulate said those with Hong Kong SAR passports must obtain a Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA) before they can travel to South Korea.

South Korea on June 8 lifted quarantine requirements for all international arrivals, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination records.

Travelers can complete their applications online for the K-ETA, which is valid for two years and allows for multiple trips.

“There may be delays in assessing K-ETA applications due to increased demand…so please apply for your K-ETA at least 72 hours before boarding the flight,” said the consulate in a statement.

K-ETA apps will be available for Hong Kong residents from June 30.

South Korea on June 8 lifted quarantine requirements for all international arrivals, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination records.

However, travelers must test negative for the virus within 24 hours (for rapid antigen tests) or 48 hours (for nucleic acid tests) before flying to South Korea.

They must also register on its Quarantine Information Advance Input System (Q-CODE) website to obtain a QR code which will be presented to a quarantine officer upon arrival.

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